The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Sam Bradford to a 2-year contract, per Adam Schefter.
Eagles gave QB Sam Bradford a two-year, $36 million deal, including $26 million guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 1, 2016
For a while now it has been reported that the Eagles have been in talks with Bradford to get a deal done to keep him in Philly for at least one more season, but it was the money that kept it from happening sooner; with Bradford wanting more money than the Eagles were likely willing to pay. Just a few days ago it was reported that the Eagles had upped their offer to Bradford. Evidently, it worked. Sam Bradford has a nice, fat, new pay check and the Eagles have locked up what they believe can be their franchise QB for what is the going rate for a good QB. In his final 7 games he completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 1,959 yards, 10 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, giving him a 97.2 passer rating. That is pretty good. Now, compare him to the imminent free agent QB’s that’ll be available – Chase Daniel, Drew Stanton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Moore and Matt Schaub among others – and I would say that Sam Bradford is a better option for the Eagles. Despite all of that, a lot of people may think that $18 million is a bit of a steep average to pay, but as I mentioned earlier, that is the going rate if you want an above average starting QB. Jay Cutler, Ryan Tannehill and Colin Kaepernick all have similar average salaries. Now, the exact details of his contract have been released by Albert Breer. He is reporting that $22 million of his contract is guaranteed – $18 million of which is due this year. So, if the Eagles decide to cut Bradford before 17/3/17, he costs them just $4 million. Basically, it is a one year contract to ensure the Eagles have a QB for this season, but it doesn’t tie them down anything more than that. It’s a win-win.
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